People Consultants and Special Counsel John Smidmore

John Smidmore
Consultant - Insurance in the Workplace

John Smidmore
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John Smidmore is an insurance lawyer and has nearly 30 years experience. He has principally been in private legal practice acting for insurers but was also for several years in-house at a major Australian insurer where his duties included representing the company at settlement conferences.

John has practised in personal injury, insurance, workers compensation and tort litigation and claims resolution since he was admitted as a solicitor in 1979. He joined Hicksons Workers Compensation team in 2007. John also has a particular expertise in dealing with fatality claims, and work injury damages matters.

He has been involved in personal injury law throughout developments and changes in all facets of personal injury litigation in New South Wales including various statutory CTP, workers compensation, work injury and Civil Liability Act changes.

John prides himself in taking a meticulous approach to analysing the claims, often uncovering issues which have resulted in the insurer saving considerable costs and involving other parties by way of possible contribution or recovery. He is always available to assess which claims warrant prompt resolution and to develop a sensible strategy to achieve the best outcome.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws. He joined Hicksons in June 2006.  He is admitted to practice in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and the High Court of Australia.